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nRF9160 DKDevelopment kit

Cellular IoT development kit for LTE-M, NB-IoT, GPS and Bluetooth LE

The nRF9160 DK is an affordable, pre-certifed single-board development kit for evaluation and development on the nRF9160 SiP for LTE-M, NB-IoT and GPS. It also includes an nRF52840 board controller that for example can be used to build a Bluetooth Low Energy gateway.

It has a dedicated LTE-M and NB-IoT antenna that supports a wide range of bands, to operate globally. LTE bands B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B14, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28 and B66 have been certified so far. See this for more details.

Included is also a dedicated antenna for GPS, and a 2.4 GHz antenna to be used with Bluetooth LE. SWF RF connectors are available for all antennas.

All GPIOs and interfaces (SPI/TWI/UART), are available via connectors. The kit is Arduino Uno Rev3 compatible, meaning it can be easily interfaced with external device shields.

User-programmable LEDs(4), buttons(2) and switches(2) are available to easily give input and get output. The nRF9160 DK has both a 4FF SIM card slot and an MFF2 SIM footprint, to support both plug-in and soldered (e)SIMs. It is bundled with a eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10 MB.

Programming and debugging is enabled through the Segger J-Link OB, which also supports external targets. The nRF9160 DK is supported by a full suite of development software and tools. All free to download and use commercially.

nRF Connect SDK includes everything needed to get started, application layer protocols, examples, peripheral drivers and more. The kit can easily be connected to our cloud solution, nRF Connect for Cloud. The nRF Link Monitor tool provides and AT command interface that enables you to test your link, and extract information about the network.

The nRF9160 hardware and development kits are now in production and is suitable for full end-to-end sensor to cloud development. We’re still developing features and optimizing performance.

See this for details on supported bands.

NB! Updated band support with modem firmware Version 1.0.0, see downloads section

Download PDF Download nRF9160 DK product brief (PDF)

Key Features
LTE-M
NB-IoT
+23dBm
output
GPS
location
TrustZone
Arm
CryptoCell
Arm
SIM
card
J-Link
Segger
Arduino Uno
form factor
4 LEDs
programmable
4 Buttons
programmable
Antennas
LTE/GPS

Cellular Connectivity

To connect the nRF9160 DK to the cloud, you need an IoT SIM card that can connect to available networks in your region. The iBasis card included in the kit has coverage in most regions (for details see iBasis network coverage spreadsheet).

If your region does not have coverage, please contact your local Regional Sales Manager or local network operator to purchase a local IoT SIM.

If your region does not have power saving modes support, you will still be able to see sensor data on nRF Connect for Cloud, but the GPS position feature may not work.

More information on regulatory certifications can be found under the Overview tab.

Get started with your nRF9160 DK

Unbox and get your Nordic nRF9160 DK up and running. Note: You can follow the steps in this video even if you have an nRF9160 DK with a different board layout.

Get started with development

To develop applications for the nRF9160 DK, use the nRF Connect SDK, which contains a variety of compatible libraries and samples. To get started, see the working with nRF9160 user guide.

For more information on the nRF9160 DK hardware development platform, see the nRF9160 DK Hardware User Guide.

Videos

Watch and learn

Introducing nRF9160 DK

Field-testing how distance affects the behavior of LTE-M and NB-IoT

Cellular IoT for everything else

Low power cellular for the IoT